My daughter Kezia and I were playing with her plastic dinosaurs this morning. We set up surprise attacks, open battle in the sock drawer, there were even two pterosaurs attacking from the sky. We had a lot of fun and she was patient letting me photograph a couple of the scenes before moving to the next fight.
Kezia moves quickly but I managed to catch her hand in the midst of a change to the Ankylosaurus.
My wife and I took our kids to the Royal Tyrrell Museum last weekend. We had told them about the “Dinosaur Museum” before Christmas and it had taken on grand proportions within both of their imaginations. The museum did not disappoint as they were happy to complete two laps around the building. The museum is divided into numerous rooms with large and small displays working back and forth between small trilobites up to enormous full skeletons. We didn’t linger in any one spot for too long but there were two sets of very wide eyes (joined by two more pairs when the Dansereau cousins arrived in time for the 2nd lap). There is a lot of space in almost all of the rooms so we were able to let the kids tour freely without worrying about them careening into other visitors. From a lot of different perspectives, they designed this museum very well and continue to maintain it to a very high standard. With the purposeful lighting, the adept use of color throughout and the incredible creatures I give the Royal Tyrrell very high marks and have no reservations in offering the highest recommendation. With my parents joining us for the first tour through and the kids playing with their cousins on the next one, I had a bit of time to photograph not only them but some of the displays. I would love to go back after hours with a tripod and a decent chunk of time. There are many opportunities for creative compositions involving the beasts on display. I’ll have to give them a call and pitch the idea next time I’m heading out that way.
I was very impressed with the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It has incredible specimens, interactive displays for kids and for adults, really beautiful lighting throughout the rooms and you are able to dive pretty deep into the subject matter if you have the time and the interest.